James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
"Language is a virus from outer space" William S. Burroughs
Qualifier: This review is for the whole series (3 books), to date. I believe the series will continue to 6 books.
Many many authors and story tellers whether it be for TV, movies or novels are very good at writing beginnings and middles to stories. Very few know or are able to write satisfying endings. I think one of the best examples of this is Stephen King. Now I love King, as a great American pulp writer, with The Dark Tower series being one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I have read all of them and listened to all of them a handful of times. So just because you can't write an ending doesn't mean you shouldn't read the story. Now, with The Expanse series it is the exact opposite.
As has been previously mentioned in other reviews this series has been written by two different authors under the moniker of James S.A. Corey. Each book is broken up into chapters that feature the perspective of a particular character. The first book is from just two, Holden and Miller. The other two books feature more diversity by using at least 4 points of view from very different personalities. Most likely each author is responsible for a different character. This works very well to give the reader a wide range of view points on the story, also, as may be the case, ethical counter arguments. Not to say it is a deep thought provoking series, it is not, but it is also far from shallow. What it is, is great entertainment.
The first two books, Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, are entertaining page turning stories that feature solid plot structure and interesting, real characters. Holden, the main character, pissed me off more than not with his head in the clouds, altruistic, utopian ideology, but the character was true to form. Miler balanced it out with his pessimism. Each book featured a missing girl plot line with an overarching metaphysical mystery in the form of the alien Protomolecule. The first contact story of the Protomolecule is the driving force behind the whole series and dictates the machinations of the characters and there moral and ethical decisions. Abaddon's Gate continues the Protomolecule mystery and also features a revenge story. The use of a secondary story line, missing girls or revenge story, gives the books a dynamic quality to the plot structure which cranks up the adrenaline popcorn munching page turning entertainment.
I really enjoyed all three books with Abaddon's Gate being the highlight of the series so far. The narration is spot on and never gets in the way of the story. If you are looking for something to take you away from the daily grind and transport you into entertaining sci-fi universe, I can't recommend these books enough. Also, the series just got green lit to become a TV series. So get the jump on everybody.
I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in.
I read the first chapter of this in print last summer, and had a good idea I wanted to get to it sooner or later. Well, sale-priced and on the heels of being recommended by George R.R. Martin on his blog, I decided that now was the time. I'm of quite a few minds on this one, but space opera just isn't my bag, really. Some clever ideas in and around a solidly built world, but not quite enough backstory of how we get to THERE from HERE for it to feel fully realized and solid; the alternating storylines of gritty Belter detective Miller and ice hauler CO Jim Holden advanced things pretty well, but I never felt much of a connection with either under Mays's narration here. I am a bit more interested in the side-short The Butcher of Anderson Station than in picking up forthcoming sequel Caliban's War (June 26) but neither really that much. Again: space opera really isn't my bag. 3.5 stars.
3/4's of the way through this book, I was in awe of it. I was thinking about how i was going to give it 5 stars and be happy to do so.
I wont give anything away, this book is still very much worth reading. It just got very forced, to self important, and maybe 100 pages too long.
Very good Science fiction set about 100 years in the future of our solar system. There are three main political groups. Earth, Mars and the Belt. When the story starts it looks like Earth and Mars are united against the belt (inner plants versus outer planets and moons).
All that changes quickly when everyone finds out they have a common problem.
The story focus is on people and their relationships, the science and technology is just the background for the story. I usually like the hard science fiction stories, but I really did enjoy this book. I think it was mostly due to the fact that although the technology was not the most important part of the story, the authors made sure to keep the technology consistent and realistic.
Overall, the pacing was excellent, the story was original, the characters felt like real people and the plot was complex enough to keep the reader guessing for most of the book.
What more do you need?
There is a lots going on and it seemed to jump around a bit so it can be a bit hard to follow if you are multitasking. But generally it was pretty entertaining. It didn't feel like enough of a departure from other intelligent-virus causes mutations novels though. And I never felt as connected with the character as maybe with a Heinlein or Scalzi sci-fi novel.
Very long, so over the weeks that it took to listen, I lost track of some of the characters, However, I enjoyed the whole thing. Not quite a classic, but memorable. Great performance by Jeffery Mays.
This is a wonderful book!! You get very attached to the characters and caught up in the story. Very hard to put down!! I found myself laying in bed listening and unable to stop!!
That there were 4 more books in the series.
Favorite character? Hard to say, they were all starting to develop into likable people.
Detective Miller. Although his beat was Ceres, an asteroid colonized and settled by people years before, the writer and narrator both gave to him a vintage "noir" air that really worked well for the character.
No, but I tried.
This book is the first in a series that actually had me rushing home to download the next volume if I finished listening to the current one on the road.
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